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Louisiana insurance commissioner faces fellow GOP competitor

January 22, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s insurance commissioner has drawn a challenger from within his own party.

Republican Tim Temple announced Tuesday he will run for the office on the Oct. 12 ballot, seeking to oust GOP incumbent Jim Donelon.

Temple, who lives in Baton Rouge, has worked in family-owned insurance businesses and currently is president of a family-owned real estate management company. In a statement, Temple touted his insurance background, from working as a local insurance agent to his time as an insurance industry executive.

He doesn’t name Donelon in the statement, but Temple says Louisiana has “prioritized political experience over knowledge” in the commissioner’s job. Temple says auto insurance rates are too high and too few companies are writing insurance policies in Louisiana.

Donelon, a former lawmaker, has been insurance commissioner since 2006.

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